|plain oatmeal in the bowl, banana slices, brown sugar and raisins for the oatmeal, and blueberries.|
|Even Princess got in on the muffin tin action today. She got a few blueberries and some banana slices.|
|Squirrel monkey mixed his sugar and raisins right into his oatmeal. He ate every bite.|
|Not sure what Spider is doing here but I think he put the wrong thing in his oatmeal. lol|
So remember I'm linking up here at Muffin Tin Monday so go check out the other great muffin tin meals today.
Moving on. 31 days to clean challenge. So, we have completely week one. I'm having a hard time getting the cleaning challenges done at the "right" time of day according to my perception of the way this is supposed to work but I'm working hard and getting them done as I can throughout each day. Last week I started out with the kitchen as the challenge says. This is what my kitchen looked like before:
Not too shabby right? Yeah I didn't think so either. I was very pleased with my clean kitchen. I really went at it. Cleaning things up that I'd ignored for too long. Things behind the sink, on the windowsill etc.
The next challenge was to clean a hot spot in the kitchen. I chose this shelf:
So we're supposed to be getting into the routine of picking up the kitchen each morning after breakfast and tidying our main spaces. I don't have pics of tidying the main spaces. Sorry ya'll, cause that was a dramatic change and it took me and the boys about an hour to accomplish the other day for the initial clean up. And on Friday's we add cleaning the bathroom to the routine. Right now I'm very glad we only have one bathroom. On Saturdays we add preparing our meals for Sunday to our schedule so that we can have a complete day of rest. What does that look like? The day of rest? Well I'm so glad you asked let me show you:
Took me maybe another 30-40 min including washing by hand the accumulation of larger bowls and pans and what wouldn't fit into the dishwasher again. Not too shabby. And it feels so nice to look into my nice clean kitchen.
Today I'm supposed to clean a bedroom and wash the laundry from that room. I'll do the boys room because their sheets need washed anyway. Then tomorrow it will be adding our room to the rotation. I'm also supposed to be aiming to do a load of laundry each day. I have already done that today and will add a load of sheets to today's tasks. After reviewing the calendar and aside from Monday's when I'll need extra time to catch back up from taking Sunday's off I really don't think this "routine" should take me more than an hour of maintenance cleaning each morning and then just picking up after ourselves throughout the rest of the day. I will also be adding a children's chore system to the foray as called for by the "Next Thing" on Thursday. I've already started it but I'll get it finished and star using it this week.
Anyway, so far I like the challenge. More than the prescribed tasks though it's knowing that others are out there working hard keeping their homes tidy too. Check out the facebook page and join one of more of the challenge groups to feel more connected to others that are on this same journey with us. I do highly recommend this as a jump start to getting your home in order and finding a way to keep it that way.